Volume 10, Issue 27 July 10, 2015  

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Regattas / Calendar



9-12 ILYA E Invitational - Minnetonka

9-12 ILYA MC Invitational - Nagawicka

10-12 ILYA I-20 Invitational - Green Lake

13-14 Xtreme Regatta - Oshkosh 

15-16 ILYA Women's/Girls Clinic - Beulah 

17-19 ILYA C Invite - Beulah

20 No Tears East - Delavan

21-25 ILYA X Championships - Pewaukee

26-28 ILYA Opti Championships - Beulah



1-2  Interlake Regatta - Minnetonka

5-8 WMYA Champs - 

6-8 ECESA Championships - Chautauqua, NY

6-9 ILYA Championships I-20 - Mendota

7-8 X Blue Chip - Cedar, WI

7-9 WYA C - Okauchee

8-9 WI MC Champs - Delavan

19-23 ILYA Championships A, E, C, MC, Melges 17 - Geneva 




5-6   USODA Midwest Championships, Minnetonka, MN

9-13 E Nationals - Little Egg Harbor, NJ

11-13 I-20 Nationals, Fond du Lac

12-13 Maxinkuckee C/MC

19-20 Fenton Fall C

19-20 C Blue Chip - Okauchee

24-27 50th E Blue Chip - Pewaukee

26-27 Nan Norris Beulah C Challenge

26-27 Lotawana C Fall



3-4 Polar Bear C/MC - Davenport, IA

10-11 C Worlds - Delavan 


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Join the ILYA
E and MC Invitationals  
E's at near record for Invite
45 E scows and 26 MCs are registered the night before the event. Still time to come. Watch for results on the ILYA site.  Click here for results

Better yet, if you are a wife or extra crew, post to our Facebook page, ILYA - Inland Lake Yachting Association. Be a part of the excitement by posting pictures or roundings. 
Sail Pink Adult Boats Filled  
X and Opti Sailors - still time to register
Click here for the schedule and registration materials. Our instructors are all over the world but will convene on Wednesday to bring you a once in a lifetime experience. As Sally Barkow, Steph Roble and Maggie Shea climb the success ladder of professional sailing, it is rare to have such talent in one place. Send your daughter to the clinic or plan to attend just the banquet where they will be speaking.  
Our honorary board is a marvel in itself. We are proud of our mothers, wives, sailors who support Inland sailing:
* Karen Alnes - White Bear YC, Commodore, active A and MC sailor
* Leslie Barkow - Pine Lake YC, originator of TRAP, ILYA major supporter and Trophy chair, Chair (past) of successful University School Barn Sale
* Mary Kay Davenport - Lake Beulah YC, President Transtech - Chicago
* Sharon Garber - Minnetonka YC, MISSA Offi cer; chair USODA Nationals, professional fundraiser
* Lesa Gutenkunst - Pewaukee YC, former Commodore Tiburon YC, fi tness business owner 
* Julie Haeger - Lake Beulah YC, past Commodore, ILYA Race Officer, lifelong volunteer
* Sarah Lamphere - Lake Geneva YC, Vice President Van Vlissingen Corporation 
* Nancy Roble - Lake Beulah YC, ILYA Race Officer, lifelong voluteer 
* Cindy Rusher - Cedar, WI YC Olympic medalist in crew, member of Chicago Olympic site campaign, crew coach 
* Beth Wyman - Oshkosh YC, Regatta organizer, owner The Waters

Most of these women will be in attendance sitting at the dinner tables with our youth facilitating conversation about the strengths sailing as a sport brings to life. 

Thanks again to New Studio Architecture, Melissa Martyr and Sean Wagner for making this event possible this year by sponsoring our elite level of instructors. 
Volunteer Now - Pretty Please  
ILYA Championships - Aug 19-23
The championship regatta is here before you know it. It takes an army of volunteers to man all the posts. We need crane operators, tractor and golf cart drivers, traffic control, Cantina servers and grillers for the children and volunteers, land and water shuttle drivers. All the tasks are an opportunity to visit with your sailing friends. No experience is necessary for most of the jobs. Knowledge of sailing is not a prerequisite. So bring your neighbor, your relative, your spouse. Offer to work the opposite shift from your sailing time. Free food provided and an identifying hat. 

Click here to volunteer for any day, any shift. This regatta is a partnership between the ILYA and Geneva. Be a partner and bring a partner. It will be fun. 
GLSS Dinghyfest  
Chapman Petersen takes 1st in Opti, 2nd in X. Robbie Lindemann Wins X title
Great racing all three days brought championship quality racing to the forefront. The health of our youth fleets is evident watching the sailing on Lake Geneva this week. Geneva brought all it had - nice moderate wind, squall line, light air. The long windward legs of Geneva teach our sailors so much about boat speed. It is always a pleasure to sail there.

Robbie Lindemann with Sawyer Wozniak took top honors with consistency. While Petersen with Thomas and Sailor Whowell won two races and John Barr with Sydney Probst won two races, it was Lindemann's ability to stay top five at most mark roundings that won the event.

X results here.  

Wednesday was the Opti portion of Dinghyfest. Chapman Petersen won the event with a 1-1-1. Just as impressive was Meta Simon's 2-2-2. Will Michels showed his prowess in an Opti with a 3-3-5 and newcomer Jonah Boykin sailed a 5-4-3. Fifth through 11th were a jump behind the leaders but 8 points separated that group of 7 boats. This was competitiveness at its best. 

The Green fleet sailed a great day of six races. The day progressed from 14 of 16 on port tack at the race one start to 100% on starboard in race six. ----- Which was no small feat accomplished by the capable sailing instructors. Five coach boats for 16 sailors was a grand experience for the fleet. Geneva's Sailor Whowell won the Green fleet with two Pine boats (William Harned and Stella Marban) and two Geneva's (Joe Plummer and Connor Pecht) rounding out the top five.

RWB and Green scores here.  

Buddy Melges Sailing Center - It's Open Officially  
Yacht Club, Sailing School Dedicate New Home

For further information:  ftblanchard@yahoo.com; 847-254-1898

Officers, directors, and members from Lake Geneva Yacht Club and the Geneva Lake Sailing School celebrated the official opening of their new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 3.

The building is located on South Lake Shore Drive in Fontana on property that the yacht club has occupied since 1926 and where the school began in 1938. The new facility, which contains approximately 12,000 square feet of interior space, houses the sailing school on its first floor and the yacht club on the upper floor. The entire property, which consists of approximately eight acres of land and includes a number of outbuildings, has been named the Buddy Melges Sailing Center in honor of the club's most accomplished sailor, whose accolades include Olympic Gold and Bronze Medals, an America's Cup win, and numerous other sailing championship awards. He was a student at the sailing school in the 1940s and later an instructor.

Briohn Construction Corporation of Brookfield, WI, was the general contractor and builder. The company began work on the property last fall.

"The new Buddy Melges Sailing Center, home of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club and the Geneva Lake Sailing School, is the culmination of many years of planning and represents a significant milestone in the history of these two great organizations," said the yacht club's Commodore F. Terrence Blanchard. "We believe the facility will be one of the finest sailing centers in the country and will provide current and future members and students a very special home where we can continue to promote and enjoy the sport of sailing on Geneva Lake."

This year's programs at the sailing school started on June 9 and will continue until mid-August. During 2014 more than 400 children and adults from the local community received their certificates. Instructors teach students in six indoor and outdoor classrooms as well as on the water. Fleet racing at the yacht club started later in June.

"The Buddy Melges Sailing Center provides a state-of-the-art facility for the Geneva Lake Sailing School to teach and grow the sport in a safe and enjoyable environment," said the Geneva Lake Sailing School's President Thomas Freytag, a top sailor and a graduate of the school. "We are very excited about the future of sailing on Geneva Lake." Tom Freytag also serves as co-chair, with Past Commodore John D. Simms Jr., of the Buddy Melges Sailing Center Funding Committee and the Building Committee.

Lake Geneva Yacht Club traces its roots to 1874 and the first Sheridan Race, an event established to honor General Philip H. Sheridan during his visit to the area and a highlight on the club's racing calendar ever since. The first clubhouse was built in 1906 at Cedar Point in Williams Bay. Members of the yacht club founded the Sailing School, which became an independent entity after being incorporated in 1953.

The Lake Geneva Yacht Club is proud to be hosting the Inland Lake Yachting Association Annual Championship Regatta, August 19 to 23. This event, which is expected to attract more than 200 boats, will also be held at Lake Geneva Yacht Club in 2016 and 2017.


Photo caption:  (left to right with scissors): Geneva Lake Sailing School President Tom Freytag, Past Commodore John D. Simms Jr., Buddy Melges, Past Commodore Gloria Melges, Commodore F. Terrence Blanchard, and other officers and directors at the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the new facility for the Geneva Lake Sailing School and the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. Credit: Michael Moore photo

Haeger On Podium in Best Finish Yet  

Pictured: Annie Haeger (East. Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), 3rd and 4th right right (in red), Women's 470.


US OLYMPIC SAILING UPDATE: Gold and Bronze in Denmark!

July 4, 2015

US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (San Diego, Calif.) have secured their second straight major international victory at the 2015 470 Class European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Following on the heels of their gold medal at ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland (UK) in June, the European title cements the veteran pair's status as one of the top teams in the Men's 470, the Olympic two-person dinghy. In the Women's 470, Annie Haeger (East. Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) won yet another medal race against the top boats in the world, and secured a bronze medal, a career-best result for their team.

In the Women's 470, Haeger and Provancha started the event slowly before making an impressive charge up the standings over the course of the week. "We just kept looking forward, and took things one day at a time," said Provancha. "We are over the moon right now with this result. It's a personal best for our team, and we've been working really hard with our coach, (three-time 470 World Champion) Dave Ullman (Newport Beach, Calif.). It's always great to see that pay of, especially in medal races."

Racing began at the 470 European Championships on June 27 and concluded on July 4, 2015. US Sailing Team Sperry 470 athletes will next be in action at the 2015 Rio Olympic Test Event (August 15-22) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
X season is in full swing  
Ya Gotta Regatta
Monday and Tuesday - It's Xtreme next! Sheer fun on Winnebago at the beautiful Waters. They are already over 35 - still time to come. The Monday night party is the biggest reason to come. Your child will make friends and simply love the event. 

BOPN and Girls Clinic - Wednesday and Thursday

WYA - Saturday and Sunday

ILYA Champs - following Wed through Saturday
More History of the E Blue Chip  
Great video

Here are some highlights from last year's E Blue Chip with drone footage from Sean Fidler, who will be back again this year. Harry Melges IV won the regatta and Jimmy Spithill was our mystery guest extraordinaire.

2014 Day 1

2014 Day 2

This year is the 50th E Scow Blue Chip Regatta hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club in Wisconsin. Each year, an elite sailor is invited as a special guest that is kept a mystery until just before the event. We provide the sailboat and the crew. To celebrate the 50th regatta, we are inviting 20-30 past mystery guests & honorary class legends back to compete against each other in this all-star event. Follow us on the free Statwack app or visit our website

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Editor: Candace Porter

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